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Old 08-18-2012, 08:23 PM   #1
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Are you ready for a flat tire???????

Hi folks, had to take a tire off the other day due to losing a wheel bearing. Got out the little socket and tool that comes with the camper. Those are a joke! I had not thought about needing to bring the right socket and breaker bar to get the wheel off, took over an hour to get it done cobbling tools together!
Are you ready for a flat?
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Old 08-18-2012, 08:31 PM   #2
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I carry the correct size tire iron and a bottle jack.
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Old 08-18-2012, 08:53 PM   #3
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A big 4 way lug wrench is cheap and effective. Mine were so tight from the dealer, I had to borrow an impact wrench. I tightened them by hand to avoid that problem in the future.
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Old 08-18-2012, 09:54 PM   #4
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just bought my first tt. Thanks for that tip. I'm putting togather a tool box now,didnt think about the Tire change equiptment..
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Old 08-18-2012, 10:07 PM   #5
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I have changed a blow-out on the side of I20 in SC. I used my truck's jack and a 4 way lug wrench. I have always carried a 4 way lug wrench in my truck.

Even with these tool's I found it to be a rather SCARY situation to be in. I changed that tire as fast as I could...
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Old 08-18-2012, 10:17 PM   #6
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While I haven't had a blowout while driving, I have had to change a tire on my camper from running over a screw that created a slow leak. That experience gave me the insight to carry a 2 1/2 breaker bar in my toolbox and I found that a set of lynx levelers can actually make the job of changing a tire really easy. Build up a base that you drive one tire on to and get the other tire (same side) free wheeling in the air. Pop the tire off and put the spare on, then back off the Lynx Levelers and tighten everything down. Works great!
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I had a blowout on the Friday afternoon of Memorial Day weekend on an interstate out of Rochester. The flat was on the driver side which put it on the traffic side of the camper. The DW called 911 and explained the situation. 5 minutes later there was a Monroe county sheriff parked behind me with lights on. When I was done I went back to thank him. He said he would rather do that than need to be here for an accident.
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Old 08-18-2012, 11:42 PM   #8
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Just a follow up; if you have aluminum wheels as we do, a 4-way lug tool will not go in the hole and grab the lug, the hole is too small.
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I always have good sam road service number with me. I also carry a floor jack and a 24v impact gun (I use it on the stabilizer jacks)
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Just a follow up; if you have aluminum wheels as we do, a 4-way lug tool will not go in the hole and grab the lug, the hole is too small.
Jack
You're right about that. I bought a set of thin wall, deep well sockets and breaker bar from Harbor Freight just for this reason.
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